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MTC Namibia’s Tim Ekandjo To Judge At Club Music Awards

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 12:25

The upcoming Club Music Video Awards will provide a platform for Ugandan music to be recognised at a mega ceremony where nominees are set to tussle it out in 15 categories although organisers haven’t officially released the nominees list yet. According to our reliable source, the list will be out soon for the public to start their own voting process.

The awards are slated for Saturday the 18th of March and one special ingredient about these particular awards is that they will be having a panel of well versed Judges in this industry and one of them is Tim Ekandjo a Namibian working in the country’s biggest telecommunications companies – Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) as the Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer.

Tim Ekandjo to judge at the upcoming Club Music Video awards

Through the years, Tim has been part of the entertainment industry and its undoubtedly a cool idea for Club to pick on such a person as a judge and we were tipped that he started the Namibian Annual Music Awards project in 2011 that has ever since grown into the biggest and most successful music award ceremony in Africa, with live broadcast on Trace TV.

We are looking forward to see how he does it at the awarding night in March as we wait for Club to officially announce the names of nominees to tussle it out.

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Chameleone Drops The Long Awaited ‘Sweet Banana’ Video

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 08:57

Not long ago when self proclaimed music doctor Jose Chameleone released another single produced by Kays (Murda Kays), he yesterday evening premiered the song’s video online for the world to watch and appreciate.

After release, The ‘Sweet Banana’ singer immediately took his excitement to social media and posted. “Thanks to you all my fans and friends who keep me motivated!! The Music Marathon begins as we count down 19th May 2017 LUGOGO CRICKET OVAL.” Said Chameleone

It is a 3 minutes and 27 seconds video shot and directed by Jim Resly and it comes as a thirst quencher to the fans whose eyes were used to the 25 seconds teaser they had shared online . Keep your eyes here as breaks it down for you in a review later on.

Watch ‘Sweet Banana’ by Dr Jose Chameleone Below


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Irene Ntale Finally Quits Swangz Avenue

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:52

She has been one of the most popular artistes signed under record label Swabngz Avenue after being nurtured into a superstar. But now Irene Ntale has finally thrown in the towel after a long successful journey with the team. The rumours had started filtering through late last year , but Natle denied everything related to quitting Swangz and even her bosses declared she is ‘here to stay’.

However, the much dreaded official announcement (if you are a big fan of both Ntale and Swangz Avenue) came through a few minutes back, when Ntale posted on social media that she was leaving the Muyenga-based record label which finally puts to rest the rumours that started spreading around the time she was releasing her maiden album.

“My dearest Fans and friends, they say time flies, and today seems like one of those days when one takes it in stride to announce that after a lot of contemplation, I am officially departing from Swangz Avenue!” Irene Wrote on Instagram.

Although Ntale did not state the reason why she was quitting, it is believed that she has been in bad terms with her colleague Winnie Nwagi accusing her (Winnie) of being favoured more by the management at Swangz Avenue despite being more senior at the record label.

Ntale recently released her maiden album 

Some sections of media had even gone ahead to report that the two even had physical confrontations at some point although these allegations were not verified by Chano8 nor any clarification sent  until the time Ntale was officially releasing her ‘Sembera’ album when they ‘cleared the air’ about the whole saga.

In her statement she has thanked the management and her former colleagues for the professional and musical relationship they had at Swangz and chose not to mention names.

“I have made my intentions known to my record label and we have both come to an understanding that this is the best move forward. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Swangz Avenue for the knowledge and experience  I have gained there. I am truly grateful for the time I have spent with the team along with the musical and professional relationships I have built. I believe both Swangz Avenue and I have enjoyed a remarkable partnership.

As always I continue to work hard at my music, to give you my dearests the best I can offer and will also continue to consolidate my presence in the Industry, within Uganda and beyond. New great realises are already on the way only for you! 

Moving forward my bookings can be made through this contact”

Ntale enjoying her self during a holiday abroad

This comes after just a few hours back after her manger also reportedly showed intentions of joining the music industry as a musician. It is not yet clear what her next move is although she left a contact in case clients want to book her. Swangz avenue are about to release statement of their own concerning the matter.  We wish her the best in her endeavorus and will keep you updated on any new developments.

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Cindy Sanyu Now ‘Running This City’

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:55

Last year Ragamuffin and Dancehall singer Cinderella Sanyu commonly known as Cindy beat other equally talented singers like Juliana Kanyomozi, Irene Ntale, Avril (Kenya), Victoria Kimani (Kenya), Fikeraddis Nekatebeb (Ethiopia) as she emerged best female artiste in Eastern Africa at the All Africa Music Awards (Afrima). Big congratulations to the ‘Ayokya’ hit maker.

Having closed 2016 with that success, she recently released yet another Dancehall tune dubbed ‘Run This City’, a self appraisal tune which she sang in English, Patois, Luganda and Swahili languages.

‘Run This City’ the song

Cindy starts the high-tempo song asking the selector to play it again and then introduces the song straight away with the chorus that is full of self appraisal lyrics like calling out people to come see how she ‘runs this city’ with her  style and booty that every man wants to hold. She later starts the first verse calling out the man she loves in need of showing him things and dance moves he has never seen before because of the plenty of love she has for him that no other girl can ever give him. She kindly begs the man not to delay.

She keeps on the pace in the second verse but this time, she is heard throwing some serious Kiswahili lyrics asking the guy to stop playing games and draw nearer to her so she can show him the abundant love she has for him because she is not joking but serious.

The 3rd and final verse is filled with more self appraisal lines where she is heard saying that when the song is nice it has to play twice and saying thank you to her team ‘Cindicates’ and how she represents for the girls every day which also concludes the song.


Basing on the fact that Cindy has through nthe years been one of the top female singers whose songs never get off fans’ play lists and having won an award at AFRIMA last year,  a self appraisal song like this is suitable for this period and it is expected to join the previous ones she has released like ‘Still Standing’, ‘Tempo’ featuring Kenya’s Dufla, ‘Sample Dat’ among  many others.

Listen to the song below

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Honourable Judith Babirye’s New Video Paints A Picture Of Love And Patience

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:23

Buikwe district Woman member of parliament and talented gospel singer Judith Babirye famously known for hit songs ‘Yesu Bela Nange’, ‘Omusaayi’, ‘Wanjagala’ among many others, was perceived to have put side her music career when we saw her join politics which took much of her time from the last quarter of 2015 up February last year.

Having successfully won the seat, the singer went back to studio and released a couple of songs and among them is ‘Ndikulinda’ Luganda for ‘I will wait for you’ produced by Audio 1’s Paddy Man. It is a love song in which she sings her heart out telling her loved one how she is ready to wait on him no matter what and she does not see other men nor listen to what they tell her.

Lyrics like ‘obulamu bwange wabukyusa’ meaning you changed my life manifests the unending love Judith has for ‘her man’ and in addition, she gets confused by how the man does it yet he is a normal person like those other women have.

The video

Shot by Hasz Media Filmz, the 4 minutes and 25 seconds video starts with a shot of a young couple sleeping and shortly after Judith introduces the song. The following scene shows when they have woken up and are saying good morning to each other which later turns the other way round as the man is seen arguing with his wife over something in her phone.

Dressed in a shiny silver dress, Judith keeps popping up as she pulls gentle dance moves in the back ground with waving curtains each time the scene of the couple fades. The video director then takes our attention back to the couple where the man smartly dressed up probably for his day’s work, comes to the bedroom where he finds the lady finishing up her makeup and reminds her of how it is getting late.

The argument between the two still goes on with the lady shouting at the man who just leaves her alone in the bedroom but later on then comes to a consensus and resolve their matters where we see them get back to their normal life of laughter and happiness which also concludes the video.


The video showcases how at times patience can lead to success for example, the man was patient and took things easy when he saw something that turned him off in his wife’s phone but later they solved their issues although the video director chooses a simple story line executed to perfectly pass on the message.

Some of scenes in the video

Watch the video below


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Top Bars In Trouble Over Shisha

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 22:53

Last year, a law was passed against Shisha smoking in public and a number of clubs/pubs and owners thought they would be running out of business because Shisha pots is their number one source of income lately.

This is because a single flavour costs Ug Shs 20, 000 which you could say is triple how much they invest. But it seems the law never came to pass and hangouts were back in business. They restocked their pots and continued selling Shisha which according to the ministry of health is harmful to people’s health just like cigarettes.

Some of the shisha smokers police arrested in the patrol


But last Saturday evening, police in conjunction with Ministry of Health raided four bars and arrested people taking shisha as well as confiscating shisha pots.

The places raided include Casablanca, Diners Lounge, Cayenne Bar and Legends Bar and those arrested were put on patrol cars and taken to a destiny we haven’t yet established.

More information we received is that the ministry is going to continue in other bars in order to put the law into enforcement.

However, some people are defying this act of police and the ministry saying that taking shisha is their right since it’s their money and health.



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Irene Ntale’s Manager Joins The Music Industry

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 22:19

It sure looks like Irene Ntale’s manager has been envious every time the artiste steps on stage, gets fans screaming her name and possibly the money she’s paid by her management team because what possible reason could Veronica Luggya have to also join the music industry?

Well, it appears that way because reliable sources from the Muyenga based label is that Vero even before we could get the name of her first release got a stage name.

She has decided to name herself ‘Vinka’ but surprisingly, she never recorded her song from Swangz Avenue but at a certain studio in Makindye and instead of Swangz management to fire or punish her in any way since she did it without their consent, the management just decided to embrace the talent by signing her.


It is said that the label is looking for another manager to replace Vero and also get someone to manage her as well.

Veronica started out as Irene Ntale’s Personal Assistant but was later turned into her manager because of the overwhelming work. She has been in that position for close to two years now.

Vinka now joins Irene Ntale, Winnie Nwagi and Zulanda among others as Swangz Avenue signed artistes.

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End Of The Road For Uganda Cranes At AFCON 2017

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 12:16

They shoved and muscled, they created, huffed and puffed till the end but the Uganda Cranes efforts yielded nothing as they went crashing out of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2017 in Gabon in a painful manner. The Cranes therefore became the first team to be eliminated from the competition after losing 1-0 to African giants Egypt yesterday at Port-Gentil stadium Gabon.

The pulsating game was played in high tempo and the Cranes gave good account of themselves with a performance that the fans have generally applauded. This follows yet another good performance the Cranes exhibited in second half of their opening game against Ghana on Tuesday which they went on to lose 1-0 as well, courtesy of a careless penalty give away by defender Isaac Isinde.

Ugandan Striker Geofrey Massa (R) battles for the ball with Ahmed Hegazy of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations match yesterday. 

The late winner was scored by Egypt’s Abdallah El Said who struck in the dying minutes of the game to knock out Uganda in their first Africa Cup of Nations appearance since 1978. It was danger man Mohamed Salah who teed up El Said, who struck firmly past Uganda keeper Denis Onyango on 89 minutes to kill the spirits of the Ugandans after a good fight. There were few clear cut chances created by both teams with only Joseph Ochaya’s off side goal the closest Cranes had.

Abdallah El Said sores Egypts goal in the 89th minute

The build up to yesterday’s game was dominated by discussion centered on social media bickering between former Cranes star David Obua and Cranes coach Milutin Sredojević Micho about the style of play and tactics the Cranes used in their first game with the latter referring to it as ‘Street football. This did not go well with the Serbian coach who fired back by referring to Obua who was speaking on his capacity as a SuperSport pundit as a ‘Perennial loser’ who failed to make it to AFCON after several attempts and is now ‘Jealousy’.

Whether those media fights had a direct effect on the Cranes performance, is a topic of discussion for another day. For now, the Cranes have to pick themselves up and prepare for their final group D game against Mali on Wednesday which will be a formality and also give a chance to test the other players who haven’t featured prominently or not at all.

Egypt now has a chance to qualify for next stage

Egypt will play Ghana to decide who tops the group while the Cranes game against Mali will most likely decide who else qualifies alongside The Black Stars of Ghana who beat Mali 1-0 earlier to move to 6points at the top. Hard luck Cranes. You did the country proud!

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“I Am Now A Saved Person”- Minister Ronald Kibuule Confirms

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 19:56

What would you do if whatever you’ve asked for is granted by the lord? Some would still ask for more while others would put all their devotion to the lord and Minister Ronald Kibuule did the latter.

After calling on pastors to pray for him so that he could win the seat for Member of Parliament for Mukono and shortly after he was victorious on that, the politician still asked for more as he thought that might have been luck.

He therefore requested for more prayers and what he asked for possibly was the determining factor to his change of heart.

The Honourable minister asked for twins and before long, his wife Fortunate Andinda Kibuule got pregnant and the couple, a few days ago received the greatest news as they indeed welcomed twins at Norvik hospital.

Minister Kibuule takes a close look at his newly born set of twins

The minister who is now a  ‘Ssalongo’ is also now a fully-fledged saved man or ‘Mulokole’ if you want and  promised never to miss any summons as he gave all his heart to the lord.

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Novelist Peter Abrahams Author Of The ‘Mine Boy’ Passes On

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 19:27

For all those who opted for literature in secondary school in the 90s and early 20s, you should be familiar with the book ‘Mine Boy’ because it was on the syllabus that time. However sad news coming in is that, the author of that very book has passed on.

Peter Abrahams, a South African-born Jamaican novelist, journalist and political commentator most popularly known for his novel, Mine Boy, was found dead at his home in the Caribbean island nation on Wednesday, the Jamaican daily The Gleaner reported.

According to the newspaper, police reports said the 97-year-old was found dead in his remote Red Hills, St Andrew home in a pool of blood and investigators were uncertain about the cause of his death.

Rest In Peace Peter Abrahams a great author

“They (police investigators) don’t have any reasons to suspect foul play, but they are not ruling out anything at the moment,” Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, the head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Corporate Communications Unit, told The Gleaner.

“Blood was found at the scene, but based on what the investigators are saying, there is a possibility he could have fallen from the wheelchair, but there is a lot of blood at the scene.”

The newspaper said Abrahams had experienced at least five break-ins at his home in four months in 2016, which resulted in an alarm system being installed.

Mine Boy, which was a literature set book in Kenya in the 1990s, is considered the first African novel written in English to attract international attention.

The book follows the life of miner Xuma and his humanitarian act of defiance against white brutality. It highlights labour discrimination and appalling housing conditions in South Africa, exposing the conditions of blacks under white regime in the country. It was published in 1946.



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More Networking Opportunities At The 3rd Edition Of Red Sofa Sessions

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 18:22

On Friday the 28th of October last year, the Red Sofa Sessions, a platform for Christians in the market place where they meet, network and have conversations over a cup of coffee and music was the second edition and it had interesting things that came to pass like the breathtaking performances, poetry sessions and of course not forgetting the refreshing coffee and snacks and interactions amongst the attendees.

That night saw artistes like veteran gospel singer Silver Kyagulanyi, Coopy Bly, Sandra Suubi and Ken Miziki entertain the encouraging crowd that came through for the very first edition and the third edition is coming our way next week on Saturday the 28th of January at Garden City Roof Top where the previous edition was also held.

The event boasts of performances from singer Brian Lubega, Canana Gents, inspirational talks from Dickson Mushabe co-fouder and CEO Hostalite and Dr Margaret Sekidde who will be sharing her living testimony about business where she and her husband Retired Lieutenant colonel Robert Sekidde began renting a very small shop on Market Street, Kampala selling a few bags of cement, nails, locks and paint but twenty years on, they run the biggest hardware dealership in the country and a multi-billion business estate comprising schools and real estate from shopping malls in town to commercial buildings dotting Kampala’s several suburbs.

Expect an inspirational talk from Mrs Margaret Sekidde the Director Serema Christian High School in Mukono

Gospel singer Brian Lubega will perform for the attendees

Co-founder and CEO at Hostalite Uganda Dickson Mushabe will also have an inspirational talk

Canaan Gents will have a performance as well

The entry fee for the event slated to kick off by 6PM, is only Uganda Shillings 20,000 and the event is proudly sponsored by NTV, Good African Coffee, Platinun Gospel and Ug Gospel Life. Chano8 will there to bring to you event highlights.

Pictures fro the second edition that happened last year in October

Gospel singer Coopy Bly performing

Silver Kyagulanyi at the previous Red Sofa Sessions

Some of the attendees

Singer Sandra Suubi performing

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Uganda Cranes Fans Optimistic Ahead Of Do Or Die Clash With Egypt

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 11:36

Some call it the battle of the Nile but for majority of Uganda Cranes fans this could be history in the making as The Cranes take on The Pharaohs in a crucial African Cup of Nations group D encounter. The fans are in high spirits after the team recovered from a shambolic first half performance against Ghana to give a good account of themselves in the second half of the 1-0 loss of their opening group game against the formidable Black Stars in Gabon.

Cranes returning from a 39-year absence started that game in slow tempo, giving away the ball at every opportunity which eventually led to that soft penalty gift by defender Isaac Isinde which Ghana’s star striker Andrew Ayew tacked in.

In was a wakeup call for the East African side as the team quickly abandoned their defensive tactics and switched to a more attacking mood. The coach Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic equally responded by ringing the changes in the second half (introducing the likes of Moses Oloya, Veteran striker Daniel Sserunkuma and Onduparaka FC teen-age sensation Shaban Muhammad)which forced Ghana onto the back foot. The Cranes’ relentless attacking play however did not yield any goals but at least restored the confidence in the team.

The Uganda Cranes have their work cut out

That second half performance set the tone for tonight’s do or die encounter with Egypt who had a goal less stalemate  with Mali in their first game on Tuesday. This time round, the Cranes must attack from the word go and look for that elusive goal. The fans as usual are behind the team and are positive (at least going by social media comments) that something will ‘happen’ this time round. Even the Cranes Ambassador Bebe Cool recently released a song to cheer the Cranes which he says has come at the right time.

“I watched the Egypt verses Mali game and when you see the way we played against Ghana in the second half, there is hope we can do something. Micho has to just trust the young boys to do the job”. Said Martin Lubega, a diehard Cranes fan who was already donning his replica jersey.

First Lady Mama Janet Museveni (Second R) and Minister Betty Kamya (L) were recently in Namboole to cheer the Cranes during Afcon qualifiers.

Excited Uganda Cranes fans in Namboole: They have always been behind the national team

The social media bickering between retired player /pundit David Obua and coach Micho aside, the team looks set for the uphill task and history is in the making if they emerge victorious and keep the hopes of progressing to the next level alive.

A draw will still keep the Cranes in contention for a place in next round though that will leave them in a very precarious situation as Mali whom they play last, looked decent against Egypt.

In team news, although Muhammad Shaban and keeper Dennis Onyango sat out Thursday’s training sessions, they are expected to return today while suspended midfielder Khalid Aucho returns alongside defender Murushid Juuko to beef up the squad and offer Micho options.

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Sauti Sol Singer Mudigi Speaks Out On Lessons Learnt After Surgery

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 10:03

Sauti Sol Singer Mudigi Testifies God’s Love After Surgery

Sauti Sols lead vocalist Savara Delvin Mudigi was earlier this week involved in a freak accident that led to him having a surgery at Nairobi Women’s Hospital. This comes after Midigi fractured his leg on Tuesday while on a team building mission with his friends in Karen, a surbub in Nairobi City.

He was admitted at the Hospital and underwent a successful surgery the following day after doctors discovered he had a bad fracture despite what looked like a minor accident which came after he landed on his leg while they were playing outdoor games like rock climbing and paintball.

“We were playing outdoor games such as rock climbing and paintball and during that time, I seem to have landed on my leg.”  Mudigi said after the accident.

The singer who has been one of the most popular figures in the boy-all Kenyan band, has now come out to clear the air about the whole ordeal with a testimony in which he has thanked God (for saving his life) despite even forgetting about him.

Mudigi was visited in hospital by Talk Central host Kalekye Mumo after hosting Sauti Sol. RIGHTMudigi feeling better 

He admits that he had first underestimated the injury brushing it off as a simple sprain but then after leaving Karen, the leg got swollen and it was only until they reached Ng’ong road that, they went to the nearest hospital for an X-ray and the results proved it was a wedge angle  fracture that when the staff members advised him to go for surgery.  

He now confesses that, the situation has taught him some new life lesions.

“Even though the year is young, I’ve gone through a short period that has shown me what can happen if you dare run away from God. I’ve been through an eye opening situation that has made me appreciate the little things that matter.” He said via social media.

He has also been grateful to the fans for the support and prayers he received during this difficult moment as he explained what exactly happened.

Sauti Sol were recently in Kampala for several performances

“I would love to thank all my fans for the support during this difficult time. The whole story is that I had an accident at the beginning of the year and didn’t get a major injury and then in a small mishap this week I got my ankle injured and had to undergo a surgery. Let’s not take for granted the moments that we treasure.” He explained

Mudigi then concluded with this message to his fans. “To all the Sauti Sol and Savara Mudigi let’s stick together. This year will be filled with more blessings and you will be part of the journey. I need you and thank you for being present.”  We at wish him a quick recovery.

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Muyenga-Based Hotel Diplomate In Massive Face Lift

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 18:45

The historical Muyenga Tank Hill-based Hotel Diplomate is getting a massive face lift after management started renovations in earnest to bring back the hotel to its magnificent best which was considered as ‘iconic’. The hotel which is famously known for having the most magnificent view in Kampala has stood the taste of time as it has survived generations while retaining its classy most sought after services.

The Hotel Diplomate which was opened in the 1970’s by former President Milton Obote was the favourite for UN Diplomats, Government Guests, Weddings and Honeymoon Couples and now it is going to get a face lift that will bring back the ambiance that made it a force to reckon with in the hospitality industry.

H.E Prof. Boney Katatumba and Gertrude Katatumba, Hotel Diplomate’s owners have confirmed the massive renovations and new management is soon taking over and say that the hotel’s new look will be revealed very soon. This comes as a big relief and step forward after some lengthy court battles.

Hotel Diplomate is one of the most iconic hotels in Uganda 

The Katatumba Family especially singer Angella Katatumba who has been at the management helm are excited about the new changes and give all the Glory to God as work on the new look progresses.

The hotel which has conference facilities, Dinners and cocktails, a bar terrace, sauna and laundry services also boats of some of the best and most comfortable accommodation in the city.

Renovations are now on going

Just located about 1 kilometer from Kabalagala market off Munyonyo road in Kampala, thehotel already also offers bike and car rental services and according to info filtering through, more “modern features are expected to be fitted to beef up its services which guests will find as an experience not forget.”

We’ll keep our eyes and ears on the ground and update you on any new developments.

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Exclusive: BBC’s Sophie Ikenye Talks To Chano8 About Life And Career

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 14:39

Every time she steps in the studios of London based British Broadcasting Corporation(BBC) media outlet to present her famous Focus On Africa programme, most of the viewers stay glued to the screens like their lives depended on it as they keenly listen to every word that comes of her mouth. The Kenyan-born news anchor has a lot of admirers and followers in East Africa and Africa at large.

Sophie has had a successful career rising through the journalism ranks from her home land Kenya to BBC in London where she is now firmly plying her trade. She is passionate about her work and career but also has some ‘hidden’ dreams in her which she shared with us.

But who knows what Sophie would turn out to be if she was not a TV personality? In a very recent question and answer interview she had with Chano8, she disclosed to us how she has too much love for farming and Law.

Sophie Ikenye talks to Chano8

“If I was not a journalist, I probably would be a lawyer but if I wasn’t those two things, I would be a farmer. I love farming and I have a farm and animals but am not there to take care of them, they are taken care of by family but I would like to see youth getting to farming because that is the future.” She says with a beaming smile.

Sometimes people are professionals in a certain area, when they do have different other talents. A live example back home here in Uganda is top comedian Salvado Idringi who has a degree in Telecom Engineering but left his job with MTN Uganda for comedy which he is doing professionally now.

Back to Sophie, the journalist also added that she got so inspired by young people indulging in farming as she was conducting her series programme called ‘Farming Is Cool’ which she did in African countries Kenya, Ghana and South Africa.

“These young people had left corporate jobs like the Ghanaian who left the USA and went to some village south of Ghana. The South African is a girl who also left her Job and now is working in one of the dad’s animal farms and the Kenyan came up with a fish biscuits innovation. So such things really get me excited.”

Sophie Ikenye taking on Chano8’s questions from Gloria Batuta

Look out for the full interview with Sophie Ikenye coming up soon on where she shares with us her journey to the top.

See more pictures below



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Bebe Cool Takes His Uganda Cranes Ambassadorial Role Higher

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 11:35

When Bebe Cool was chosen to be the Uganda Cranes ambassador, you would say he did nothing apart from just attending their games.

His part of how much he’s paid to be the ambassador is a mystery to the media but we highly believe he’s being paid a whole amount of money. But this money had to come to some cost at some point and it was last weekend that FUFA actually organized a studio session for the musician to at least do something more than just attending games.

Doing what he does best, Bebe Cool wrote and came up with a song titled ‘Tulumbe’ which is soon becoming the anthem of the Uganda football national team.

Bebe Cool in a Uganda Cranes jersey

The last time the national football team had a song that became an anthem of sorts was way back when MTN was their official sponsor and it was titled ‘Uganda cranes oyee’ but when they switched sponsorship to Airtel, most people were still conversant with the previous anthem.

“As the Uganda Cranes ambassador, am proud to have been with you at this time and here is a token of my thoughts. UGANDA CRANES LUMBA LUMBA LUMBA.” Bebe Posted.  

You can listen to Bebe Cool’s Uganda Cranes song here:

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QuickTaxi The New ‘Internet Taxi’ Officially Launched In Uganda

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 21:48

Yesterday went into the history books yet again after another Taxi Company QuickTaxi entered the Ugandan market for operations to provide transport services in a modern way especially to the sophisticated middle class group that targets mostly corporate and tourists.

The official launch took place yesterday at the Kampala Serena Hotel Gardens in a colourful cocktail event where the directors and staff of the company officially unveiled the operations which include 200 Yellow Taxis and an App which will provide services for the taxis and other private cars in the system. The App used on smart phones can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

The yellow cabs of the QuickTaxi at the launch

While officiating at the unveiling of the online based services, the Minister of State for Transport Hon. Bagiire Aggrey lauded the investors for ‘thinking ahead’ in modernising the industry by elevating it to the internet level where most people now transact business at their own convenience..

“The taxi service providers have taken their time to understand the industry demands and work towards satisfying them and that is why today we are seeing Quick Taxi coming with this arrangement where one can access their services at their own convenience whether day or night,” he said.

The minister also reiterated that, government is committed to supporting such ventures and that, his door is always open to any local or foreign based investor to improve the transport sector ‘in an organised manner’ while making money as long as they abide by the rules and compete.

The minister officially unveils the QuickTaxi for operations in Uganda

He also cautioned the QuickTaxi management that should they not follow the rules and fully register their drivers, he will close them. He argued them to make sure that, all their drivers are accredited by the police to ensure they are competent enough to guarantee safety of passengers at all times.

The Managing Director of QuickTaxi Mr Kinstom Gu said they are here to revolutionize the transport sector with modernised and improved services convenient enough to make the customer comfortable and happy at all times.

The Managing Director of QuickTaxi Mr Kinstom Gu made his speech in Chinese at the launch yesterday

The minister have a feel of the Taxi’s

Mr. Andrew Agaba, the Head of Marketing while making his introductory remarks said that QuickTaxi boasts of 200 taxi cabs which are already on the streets of Kampala and neighbouring towns  and have developed a mobile app through which they seek to offer transport solutions to meet the different demands of their clients. He added that,their rates are the lowest in the market with a fares as low as Shs 900 per kilometere with a minimum charge of Shs. 4,500.

Mr Andrew Agaba speking during the launch yesterday

 “We aspire to be more than just a cab company. We intend to be a total transport solutions company provider with affordable rides for any occasion and currently we have  Quick Ordinary rides, Quick Corporate, Quick VIP and Quick Boda services”. He explained

 Several dignitaries were in attendance including Ambassadors, Governement officials, Former Somali First Lady among others. While entertainment was provided by Jemimah Sanyu and her live band as well as new kid on the block Ykee Benda of the farmer fame

Denzel was the MC of the night

Feels good. This guest Zakia Maseruka seems to say

Jemimah sings at the function

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Photo: Angella Katatumba Relaxes In Luxurious Private Boat Cruise

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 13:23

Singer and Philanthropist Angella Katataumba had a very busy and successful year in 2016 and recently took a well deserved rest complete with a private luxurious boat cruise. The diva looked stunning and relaxed in the photos that Chano8 has landed on.

Last year the singer donated several items and cash to Mulago Hospital and had a charity concert for the same cause under her ‘Mulago Yaffe’ campaign. She was also invited to attend several international humanitarian summits besides performing for President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya at a dinner in Kampala Serena Hotel. So it was really fitting for her to take the break.

Spotting a Caribbean-style Denim pants, Black top and a cowboy hat the beautiful Angella looked angelic on the deep blue waters of the lake as they left for Cape Palm on Lake Victoria. In one of the photos, she is seen relaxing with her friends Mike and Templar after landing on the Island.

Here are the photos of Angella during the boat cruise.

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Masses On Alert As Government Warns On Bird Flu Outbreak

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:07

The Government announced on Sunday that, it had detected bird flu among migratory birds, without specifying whether it was the particularly virulent H5 strain detected this season in countries worldwide. The announcement sent shockwaves as well fears among farmers and the masses in general.

The agriculture ministry said bird flu had been detected in two spots, one near Entebbe, on the banks of Lake Victoria, and another in the Masaka district about 120 kilometres (75 miles) west of Kampala.

Five domestic ducks and a hen in Masaka were also infected, leading authorities to call for all poultry to be kept inside to avoid further contagion from migratory birds. This also forced neighbouring country especially Kenya to put their own authorities and securities on alert with a ban on poultry coming from Uganda slapped a day later.

In a statement, Christopher Kibazanga, minister for agriculture, animals and fisheries, said local wildlife authorities on January 2 had reported the “mass death of wild birds, seen by fishermen at Lutembe beach at the shores of Lake Victoria near Entebbe”.

The Bird Flu is dangerious

Another report arrived on January 13 from the Masaka district, and in both cases the specimen tested positive for “the highly pathogenic avian influenza that affects both humans and animals and which causes a high number of deaths in both species”, the statement added.

The ministry said the outbreak was a first for Uganda but did not specify which flu strain it was.

In 2016 51 countries declared the outbreak of one of the virulent H5 and H7 strains of bird flu, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). These include H5N1, H5N2, H5N5, H5N6, H5N9, H7N1, H7N3, H7N7 et H7N8.

China also previously suffered a serious Bird Flu out break

Europe is battling the spread of H5N1, culling millions of birds on farms and moving them indoors to avoid contagion from infected wildlife. The strain can be transmitted to humans, and is held responsible for the deaths of several hundred people since 2003. 

The government statement also advised the population to stay vigilant and look out for any unusual occurrences in poultry and keep away from consumption of wild birds and chicken which may be sick or infected. Bird Flu can affect both birds and humans.


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Could It Be Over Between Julie Mutesasira And Her Husband?

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:48

We really don’t know what happened between the Mutesasira’s for the situation to get to the level of having a divorce.

Yes, gospel musician Julie Mutesasira and her husband Steven Mutesasira are on the verge of having a divorce and all the paper work is done through Mwesigwa and Company Advocates.

It is said that Julie Mutesasira’s husband is a pastor and that he tabled in his divorce papers at a family court.

Julie Mutesasira (Photo by Habre Muriisa)

We couldn’t establish any communication from the musician because she’s currently in the US where she has been for over two months.

It is rumoured that the couple has been at loggerheads for over five months but have been keeping it under the control from the media until it escalated to a point of no return.

A hearing for their separation is due in a couple of weeks and if it goes as expected, Julie Mutesasira will be a free woman and so will Mr Steven.



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